15 May What Will You Name It?
We have the ability and great opportunity to name the season we are walking through. In Genesis, God gave authority to Adam to name each animal of the ground and sea. Now, we carry that same authority into a season of isolation, anxiety, and fear. So, what will we name it?
Matthew 14:22a (TPT)
As soon as the people were fed, Jesus told His disciples to get into their boat and to go to the other side of the lake.
After the disciples began their journey across the lake, they encountered a storm. They quickly became frightened and discouraged. Jesus came to them, walking on the water.
Matthew 14:27 (TPT)
Then Jesus said, “Be brave and don’t be afraid. I am here!”
God is not only instructing us to get to the other side of the lake, but He is with us in the storm. Currently the wind is heavy, the waves filled with depression and despair, but God’s strength is unlimited, and His faithfulness is steady.
Jesus didn’t immediately calm the wind for the disciples, yet He did put their focus back in the right direction. Having faith doesn’t limit the distraction of the storm, but it does shift our focus. In this season we get to decide what our focus and attention will be on. Will we become engulfed by the winds and waves, or will we stand on the Word of God? Will we become fearful of what’s ahead, or be reminded of what God has already brought us through?
The absence of the storm is not proof of the presence of God. The storm just might be the thing bringing you to a deeper understanding of God’s authority and power in your life.
So, let’s name this season FAITH, not FEAR. Let’s be believing for God to bring a blessing that’s greater than anything in our past. Let’s be expectant and hopeful and declare this season a victory together!
Looking forward to seeing everyone online this Sunday at 8:45 and 10:45 am EST as we continue our series, No Place Like Home.
Associate Campus Pastor – Garner Campus